Universal Pushes Hooper's 'Les Misérables' Back to Christmas Day

September 18, 2012
Source: Deadline

Les Misérables

Briefly: Another late-in-the-game release shift. Universal has announced they're moving the release of Tom Hooper's highly anticipated adaptation of the musical Les Misérables just a few weeks. Originally set to open on December 14th, the same day as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, they will now release the movie on Christmas Day, December 25th. Les Mis is supposed to be a strong late Oscar contender, but Anne Thompson says this "could have an impact on the awards race" if the movie is not ready to screen early. However, this just seems like strategy in placement, instead of going up against The Hobbit. Les Mis stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe.

Other films opening on Christmas Day 2012: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Anne Fletcher's The Guilt Trip, and Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance. Opening four days prior, the weekend before: Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and Judd Apatow's This is 40. See the Les Mis teaser.

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    Better fit.
    • MUCH better fit. I expected this to happen, or at least an announcement that Dec 14 was going to be select cities.
  • whadayakno
    Why does it have to be a musical?
    • Notalent
      Not sure if serious.
      • whadayakno
        Serious as in why don't they make a new high budget adaptation of the original story Les Miserables and not the adaptation of the musical.I am aware there are plenty of those but still. This is a musical.I want Les Miserables without the singing and dancing. What's wrong with that? Some of us don't like musicals.
        • Maxx
          Then watch one of the other adaptations. There. Fixed.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I Think This Is Very Hard To Explain A Tragic Story In Musical Genre. Its Very Tough Decision From Hooper For His Project. I Hope Movie Was Something Exotic & Emotive & Powerful as Book. Cosette




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